Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland
The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland sets out our partnership approach to developing the skills and talent needed to make sure that Scotland’s rural economy and communities continue to flourish and grow.
Scotland’s rural economy has an important role to play both through the significant contribution it makes to national economic output but also in providing employment opportunities for people living in our country’s rural, remote and coastal communities.
We know that people are key to driving forward our rural communities – making them sustainable and inclusive places to live, work and thrive.
The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland seeks to ensure that we have the right people with the right skills and support inclusive growth by focusing on five priority areas for action:
- To better understand the skills rural employers need and align provision to support this
- To provide individuals with accessible education and skills provision to secure, sustain and progress their careers in rural areas
- To develop the current workforce in rural areas through upskilling and reskilling
- To build a secure pipeline for the future
- To take a coordinated, strategic approach to tackling skills in rural areas
The skills action plan focuses on developing the skills required for the jobs in rural areas, now and in the future
Rural Scotland Blogs & Newsletters
Read the latest blog and catch up with previous blogs and newsletters.
Rural Employers' Toolkit
A practical guide on apprenticeships, training and placement support for rural employers.
Minutes and Reports
Previous minutes and reports from the ISG.
Implementation Steering Group (ISG)
The purpose of the ISG is to act as the focal point for the delivery of the skills actions identified within the plan and ensuring that progress against these are monitored. Learn more about the ISG members.
RSA for Rural Scotland
Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) are a single, agreed evidence base created to inform future investment in skills. The RSA for Rural Scotland is based on the 15 local authorities set out in the Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland, and provides the latest labour market intelligence.
Other RSA Publications
Regional Skills Assessments are also available by local authority area.
Use the hashtag #RuralSkillsScotland when talking about the plan on social media.